i love my library

February 15, 2016 § 4 Comments

This is where I am in my life right now:

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Living life I never thought was possible…

Glad to be given an opportunity…

A place in the world…

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And now I’m officially “booklover”.

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/764337/nearly-abandoned-tacloban-library-gets-help-from-booklover

people’s center and library

January 13, 2016 § 14 Comments

People Center and Library is a public library located in Tacloban City.  It encompasses the whole second floor of a two-storey building.  It’s like time stood still in this library.  It was built during the Marcos’ regime and never saw glory again.  It contains a lot of great books, covered in dust, but still in good condition.

After Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit Leyte, the building was used as an evacuation center for the victims.  Sad to say, a lot of them were used for more “practical” uses.  No judgment.  It was a time of chaos and uncertainty.  However, it has remained intact and still contains a lot of treasures which badly need love and affection.  Something can still be done.

My friend Cookee and I decided to volunteer.  We have no idea about book organisation or classification, but we do know how to dust and pile them.  We start where we can.

This is what I will be busy with this year, and, perhaps, in the years to come.

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#loveyourlibrary #peoplescenterandlibrary

New Year, New List

December 31, 2015 § 4 Comments

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This is my very ambitious to-read pile for 2016.  But I’m shooting for big things this year.  This isn’t an impossible task considering that I’ve finished 16 books this year.  I just need to take it out on Plants v. Zombies time.  I think I have more chances of accomplishing this anyway than doing the daily 15-minute planking I said I’ll do this year.

I got some big titles here: books I’ve always wanted to read and searched for years, but sadly remained in my unread pile for so long.  This is hopefully the year I try to match my buying with my reading.

1. The Metamorphosis ~ Franz Kafka
2. The Brothers Karamazov ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
3. Far From the Madding Crown ~ Thomas Hardy
4. The Phantom of the Opera ~ Gaston Leroux
5. Begin to Exit Here ~ John Welter
6. In Cold Blood ~ Truman Capote
7. Can You Forgive Her? ~ Trollope
8. Night Train ~ Martin Amis
9. The Vagina Monologues ~ Eve Ensler
10. The Dolce Vita Diaries ~ Cathy Rogers and Jason Gibb
11. The Rare and the Beautiful ~ Cressida Connolly
12. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ~ Junot Diaz
13. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship ~ Goethe
14. The Tin Drum ~ Gunter Grass
15. Sister Carrie ~ Theodore Dreiser
16. Washington Square ~ Henry James
17. Catch-22 ~ Joseph Heller
18. The Professor ~ Charlotte Bronte
19. The Bhagavad Gita
20. The Jungle Books ~ Rudyard Kipling
21. On the Road ~ Jack Kerouac
22. Blink ~ Malcolm Gladwell
23. Thinking, Fast and Slow ~ Daniel Kahneman
24. Cloud Atlas ~ David Mitchell

Oh yeah, Happy New Year! Cheers.

 

 

 

the soul of money

November 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

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“Using money as a direct expression of one’s deepest sense of self is a powerful, miraculous thing.  It is a practice, however, and I’m still working on it.  I waste money.  I buy products that are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.  I get excited about money and disappointed about money and frustrated and conflicted over money issues.  But I am also on a path in a practice, that I’m sharing with you because I believe it is useful and important in our time.  I’m seeing that more and more of us are awake to our higher commitments, concerned about how we’re living, and this book is an offering to contribute to that process that is taking place all around us now.”

” I also invite you to live a larger life – to see that when we really look at what we’ve got and let go of trying to accumulate more, we have the capacity for much greater lives than just “getting” and “having”.  Everyone wants more than the good life for just themselves.  They want a good life for all, and when you realize there is enough, you get in touch with that possibility.  It becomes the natural outcome of shifting your context.  It worked that way for me, and I’ve seen it work that way for many others around the world.”

“I challenge you to imbue your money with soul – your soul – and let it stand for who you are, your love, your heart, your word, and your humanity.”

~ The Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist

I love this book.  This is one of the most important books I have read in my life.  Its message completely resounded in my soul.  I am looking for copies and buying every single one of my best girl friends one.

still bookish

October 7, 2015 § 7 Comments

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Four years and three law schools after…

The study of law is tiresome.  I miss those days when I could just curl up in bed on any given afternoon and read a book.  Something that would take me to 19th century England… Whatever happened to those days?  I miss those days.

I’ve practically given up reading fiction for the more compelling law books.  I’ve learned a lot since I began, sure, but It’s nothing to the joy of reading something for the mere pleasure of it and not because humiliation awaits if you don’t read the 300 pages you’re supposed to.

I still don’t know where this will take me.  All I know is I can’t wait for this to be over so I can read the 130-something books I’ve hoarded.

my, donald!

February 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

Philippine Laws

I feel exactly like how Donald looks here after reading laws after laws after laws.

And I ask myself why… why do I have to do this to myself?

I remember the verses a friend made me read about being a lawyer and about studying.  I think it said something like “don’t be a lawyer” and “stop studying” or something to that effect… (He He He!)

Again, why?  Why do I have to do this to myself?

 

 

doing life

January 20, 2013 § 4 Comments

Reading has always been my way of sheltering myself from the harsh realities of life.   It has provided me with an escape from all that I disliked about reality, and at the same time provided me with the tools and perspective to deal with reality… because we can’t really, truly escape from it.  My writing has also been proportionate with my reading.  That my last post was months away proves that I have been reading and writing a lot less.  Because I have been doing life.

I have been needing less sheltering from reality because reality for me now has proved to be more beautiful that I barely noticed that I’m living it.  It still isn’t without its problems, believe me, but I’m dealing with it better because, well, I’m no longer alone.

I have something BIG to look forward to.  And everyday is surrounded with things that is a testament to how all my dreams, all the things I’m working hard for, will come into fruition.   In a way, I’m already living the dream.  I don’t mind living life so much now, not when it’s giving me so much to hope for as well as the ability to hope.

Sandy is our four-month old shih tzu.  She is super adorable and super smart and making a mommy out of me, taking her to the vet, shopping for her, feeding her and training her.  I love her to death, probably as much as I love her giver (Hi, honey!).  Obviously, having a pup is no easy feat, but she is making everything in my life pretty straightforward.

Having a busy schedule requires careful planning.  What with having a puppy, the business, and law school this coming semester, I have to prioritize and give things their due concentration.  Focus truly is the key.  My reading of fiction may slow down but I know I can’t do without it entirely no matter how busy I become.  I still would need that escape every now and then.  But I have to prioritize my reading so I have made a book list for the year that I will strictly adhere to (see previous post).

Anyway, I wanted to write this post before I go inactive.  I am not abandoning my blog, I’m merely prioritizing, and for this year blogging is like, the fourth of a list of five priorities.

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